It has been a very busy week at the golf course. The cooler weather has really helped with the stress on the turfgrass as well as on staff. It has also allowed us complete a lot of projects around the golf course and complete all of our scheduled maintenance practices.
We hosted Brenda Conyn’s Realty Group and CAASA on Saturday. The theme for the day was flamingos and there were a lot of creative outfits. So much fun watching all of them enjoy the day. This was a great event that helped raise money for CAASA and the participants had a lot of fun. The weather was perfect and we look forward to hosting them again in the future.
The golf course was fortunate to gain some of the sand from the berm project constructed around West Leach Park. We used the sand to fill traps on holes #8, #9, and #17. These traps now have adequate sand in each. We will continue to add more sand in the near future until we address all the sand traps on the course.
We see isolated dry areas year after year when we experience the high heat for extended periods of time. These spots first started arriving when the control panel went down in the pumphouse a couple of months ago. Once they arrive it is very difficult to fully recover. I have sprayed more wetting agent than any previous year. This product helps hold water in the upper portion of the soil and move extra water through the soil profile quickly. It’s like a magic potion for turfgrass.
There are some spots on the practice green and several other greens where I sprayed for the control of moss and algae. Moss appears on greens when they are under a lot of stress, saturated soil conditions, and low on nutrients. The majority of nutrients, in the soil, have not been present due to rainfall flushing them through the soil profile. Damaged areas then become a breeding ground for the moss. The majority of the areas are silver dollar size but the practice green and #12 had larger spots that are now black and cracked. We will plug these areas out in the near future.
The damaged areas on holes #3, #8, and #10 have all been plugged and continually hand topdressed. We will add some smaller plugs when we address the moss areas. Otherwise they are starting to fill in nicely. Hand topdressing provides a sand mixture for the bentgrass rhizomes to spread into and fill in the areas more rapidly. We will continue the topdressing schedules moving forward.
I applied a fungicide, insecticide, foliar fertilizer, and wetting agent to the greens and collars on Wednesday morning. The fungicide helps control dollar spot which shows up as tan lesions on the greens and collars. The insecticide will help eliminate the presence of cutworms that were rearing their ugly head. The crows dig the cutworms out of the greens and leave quite a mess.
We were able to mow all the park property and public works areas we have maintained for the past several years. The extended periods of rain make it difficult to stay on top of the lower areas but we have them all mowed and trimmed.
The golf course has been string trimmed and mowed with everything looking very nice as we head into the weekend. Sometimes it’s a battle to stay on top of it all but we try and work different hours to mow during dry conditions to provide the highest quality of cut on the fairways and tees. I’m pleased with the condition of the course right now.
I treated the pond on number ten with copper sulphate which will eliminate the algae present. This was done on Wednesday and the majority of the algae is gone. I am also exploring options on how to treat the irrigation pond for other aquatic vegetation. It becomes difficult when the chemicals require a 72 hour time frame without irrigation. The chemical can contaminate the irrigation water and have an adverse effect on the turfgrass. There is also the threat of fish and the fact that our pond overflows through the course and ends up in the river. There are a lot of variables that come into play and regulations that must be followed.
The previous week I interviewed for the Recreation Director position with the City of Spencer. On Monday I met with the City Manager and was informed they hired a new individual to fill Delray’s position. Amanda said the new hire will be filling the Park and Recreation position and there will be no change to my position as Director of Golf Operations and the golf course will remain separate.
I appreciate the opportunity to be considered for the position and I look forward to working with the new hire. The golf division will continue to interact with all city departments whenever the need for our assistance arises. I also look forward to being able to 100% commit myself to the golf course on a daily basis.
This concludes another week at the muni. Please contact me with any comments, questions, or concerns. I will do my best to provide answers and address situations in a very timely manner. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.